SCIENCE, COGNITION, AND CONSCIOUSNESS PROGRAM
The faculty agrees to the following aims and obligations as a framework for excellence in delivering our program.
- The program will explore these broad questions:
- What is involved in studying the mind scientifically
- What questions can be answered scientifically
- What questions can't.
- Is the mind nothing but the brain
- More specifically the program will focus on the following topics
- the nature and scope of contemporary research efforts in cognitive science
- specific consideration of neuroscientific, psychological and computational issues in attention, perception, memory,,automatic processing, reasoning, language, and consciousness
- the analytic tools involved in empirical research design, data collection and analysis suited to the study of the mind
- the relationship between the contemporary research in cognitive science and its historical antecedents
(3) Since the program is aimed at producing intermediate to advanced work in the academic areas covered, faculty will make special effort to introduce material that adequately reflects current research efforts and results
(4) Since the program is a team-taught interdisciplinary program, faculty will strive to push the boundaries of their disciplinary training and take active interest in the other subject matter areas that are covered in the program
(5) Both members of the team will participate fully in not only the delivery but also the planning for the program
Faculty members will fully participate in all designated program activities.
- Faculty will be assigned one of the seminar groups with whom they will meet at the times and on the topics indicated by program schedule. Each faculty will read and provide written feedback to his or her seminar students for the major writing assignments. Faculty will conduct an evaluation conference for these students and prepare a draft student evaluation. Faculty will prepare a final in-house evaluation fall and winter quarters on computer disk and assemble a final, full-year evaluation also on computer disk for each student in their spring quarter seminar. In order to provide evaluation material for these conferences, members of the team will prepare evaluations for the components:
David--Statistics and Computer Data Analysis/Research Methods
Jacob--Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology/Research Methods
Both--seminar students and assigned spring quarter project groups
- Faculty will be expected to organize and deliver lecture and workshop sessions as indicated on an annotated schedule. The other member of the team is expected to attend as many of these sessions as possible and carry out appropriate supplemental roles as arranged.
- Faculty will be available to meet with students during office hours and by appointment as indicated on the syllabus.
- Faculty will attend and actively participate in faculty seminar. They will have prepared by reading the designated text.
- Faculty will attend the Business meeting and carry out the following other (administrative) assignments as well as other tasks to be assigned equitably:
David—coordinate(fall and winter), lead business meeting, handle budget, handle room assignment, handle media technicalities and liaison with the computer center, act as webmaster.
Jacob-deal with problems of student group process or other interstudent grievances, act as liaison with library, liaison with CALab, liaison with bookstore
- Faculty will hold a joint evaluation conference during or shortly after evaluation week spring quarter for which both member of the team will prepare a written self-evaluation and draft evaluation of each of the other members of the team in accordance with the faculty handbook requirements. A final version of the evaluation will be conveyed to each of the other faculty within a week of this conference at the end of the quarter.
Credit and Evaluation Policy
The evaluation process is a central feature of education at Evergreen. It is part of the learning process. In the act of writing self and faculty evaluations students reflect on their learning for a quarter. The evaluation conference is an important opportunity for the student and faculty to communicate about their perspectives on the quarter's work. Students are required to submit a self-evaluation quarterly and an individual faculty evaluation for each faculty when they finish the program in order to receive credit.
Credit is not the same as positive evaluation. Students receive credit for fulfilling minimum requirements and standards. The evaluation is a statement describing the quality of the student's work. It is possible for a student to receive credit but receive an evaluation that describes poor quality work and receive lower rather than upper division science credit. It is also possible for a student to attend regularly yet receive no or reduced credit because of unsatisfactory performance. Credit will be awarded as 16, 12 or 8 or 0 quarter hours except in special circumstances. Students receiving less than the full credit for which they are enrolled may be asked to leave the program after Fall or Winter quarter. Incompletes will be permitted in only exceptional circumstances and only given after consultation with the full program team. Evaluation will be based on how well students satisfy the following requirements:
AGREED UPON PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
- ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION--Students are expected to attend, be on time and participate in all program activities. In case of unavoidable absence students should inform their seminar leader before class by phone message or E-mail. If you miss class, you should arrange with your fellow students to obtain notes for the session. Several absences constitute grounds for possible reduction of credit. Sign up sheets will be circulated at program activities to record attendance as long as necessary to promote the unity of the program. It is the student's responsibility to locate and sign these sheets. Further, seminars and other group activities are not "spectator sports." Consequently, students should take an active role in discussion. Students are expected to be alert and sober in class and at program activities. Students who significantly disrupt class may be asked to leave and in cases of serious or continuing disruption may be dropped from program with resulting loss of credit
- ADVISING--Students are expected to participate in any scheduled advising sessions.
- READINGS--Students are expected to complete all the assigned reading prior to the seminar or class in which they are discussed and should reflect this reading in their seminar comments or questions.
- ASSIGNMENTS--Students are expected to complete and submit all assignments. The faculty responsible for evaluating them will return them in a timely manner.
- EXAMS--Students are expected to take exams at assigned times and places. Exceptions must be cleared in advance with the appropriate faculty.
- PROGRAM NOTEBOOK--Students are expected to maintain and submit a program notebook that includes their written work as well as other assigned material and which serve as the basis for evaluating their performance, particularly in the seminar portion of the program.
- GROUP WORK-- Students are expected to work in various groups within workshops and as part of the spring quarter program project. When group projects are undertaken, students will be required to evaluate each other. In addition, group collaboration is generally encouraged and in some cases required; however, plagiarized work on take-home examinations or other work designated as "individual" is not acceptable and may be noted in evaluations, result in loss of credit, and in flagrant cases be referred to the Deans for further action. Plagiarism includes any unattributed direct quotation as well as the misrepresentation of the work of others as your own. It includes but is not limited to
- A student paper that chiefly consists of sentences copied intact (or with only a few words changed or rearranged) from one or more sources, with or without reference to the author, without explicit use of quotation marks, italics or appropriate indentation to indicate direct quotation
- Major sections of a student take-home exam that are copied exactly (or with only a few words changed or rearranged) from one or more sources without reference to the author.
- A paper, exam, or program notebook item submitted by one person as their own but authored by another person
- A graphic, figure, chart or graph xeroxed without the identification of the source.
- A graphic, figure, chart or graph downloaded from the Internet and used on a project poster without identification of source.
For additional information, please consult the College’s policy on plagiarism in the student advising handbook (see section on "Academic Honesty") and talk to faculty if you are confused at all about this issue.
(8) SEEKING HELP--Students are expected to take the initiative in seeking help from faculty or program aides whenever significant difficulty exists with the pace or content of the program. Even a quick message or email to your seminar leader might get you the help you need.
(9) EVALUATION--Student Evaluation conferences will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Evaluation week each quarter with your seminar faculty. Evaluation conferences will be held during evaluation week at times arranged by your seminar leader. Faculty will set up a schedule near the end of each quarter; students should plan to be on campus at that time for their conference. Do not expect your faculty to make exceptions and arrange a special conference for you at another time. Students are expected to write a self -evaluation at the end of each quarter and faculty evaluations before leaving the program. A draft of the self-evaluation will be submitted to seminar faculty. The evaluation of faculty may be submitted at the conference or delivered to the faculty secretary to be held until after a faculty evaluation of student work has been completed.
(10) FORM OF WRITTEN WORK--All papers, abstracts, draft evaluations and other substantial blocks of written material should be submitted in typed form and be spellchecked and proofread before submission. Students are encouraged to use a word processor for this purpose.
(11) CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR. Students are required to abide by the principles of the Evergreen Social Contract and the Sexual Harassment Policy.
Evergreen has long promoted the policy that conflict and grievances should be first dealt with face-to-face. Grievances between students, between students and faculty or among faculty should first be dealt with between the parties themselves. Should no satisfactory resolution be obtain the following procedures should be followed:
- unresolved student-student disagreements should be discussed with the students' seminar leader(s).
- unresolved student-faculty disagreements should be brought to the attention of other members of the faculty team who will attempt to mediate the dispute.
- unresolved faculty-faculty disagreements should be discussed by the team as a group. The faculty members of the program acknowledge to one another their common humanity and their human frailties and strengths. They agree to take their work seriously, but to protect and maintain their sense of humor and their sense of joy. They agree to support one another for their mutual peace of mind and happiness. They agree to discuss fully, promptly, and openly any personal or professional disagreements with an air of mutual respect. In this regard, they agree to handle any such problems as a complete team first and will not seek out assistance from the deans until they attempt resolution themselves. They will strive to provide high quality upper division material to their students. They agree that nothing shall be allowed for long to create so hectic and harried a pace of life that their mutual goals of learning and teaching are threatened, and that work may be changed by mutual agreement to create a more satisfactory experience for them and their students. They agree to respect each other's needs for full and satisfying personal and family lives.
If grievances still remain unresolved students or faculty should follow the college-wide grievance procedures, which involve contacting the academic deans or the college affirmative action officer as outlined in the Student Handbook and other college documents.
David W. Paulsen Jacob Leonesio